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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Keeping in Tune - Playing Scales with a CD


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BetteB - Posted - 09/05/2020:  10:37:42


Being away from other musicians or even singing at church, I found my intonation slipping. I found this product on Amazon and it has helped me to keep my ear in tune which affects my confidence which affects everything else. I am beyond intermediate in playing (wouldn't call myself advanced) but feel that the work is paying off. It could be especially beneficial for new or beginning stages players.
Book with CD:
Violin Scales: All Major and Melodic Minor Scales, Traids, Broken Thirds in Two and Three Octaves.
Play along CD included. Author: Lois Phillips.
I bought it on Amazon and there is also a website listed: Violin-Scales.com
In all the fiddle lessons I have taken over the course of several years, there was never a mention of using something like this to enhance your intonation. I highly recommend it.

sbhikes2 - Posted - 09/05/2020:  14:05:48


I've been taking lessons and my teacher had me get Scales for Young Violinists. It's difficult to read, in my opinion, but she shows me what to do. There was one arpeggio she had me do and she tried to use it to show tricks for how to have good intonation. For one thing, sometimes fingers will have a relative position side-by-side, so keep your fingers down and make sure they are the same amount close together both times, and another thing she said to do was to play all the G notes (in a G arpeggio) loud and the others quiet and make sure they all sound the same, not different. Then do the same with all the Bs. I don't know if that will help you or not but it might.

TuneWeaver - Posted - 09/08/2020:  13:15:53


quote:

Originally posted by sbhikes2

I've been taking lessons and my teacher had me get Scales for Young Violinists. It's difficult to read, in my opinion, but she shows me what to do. There was one arpeggio she had me do and she tried to use it to show tricks for how to have good intonation. For one thing, sometimes fingers will have a relative position side-by-side, so keep your fingers down and make sure they are the same amount close together both times, and another thing she said to do was to play all the G notes (in a G arpeggio) loud and the others quiet and make sure they all sound the same, not different. Then do the same with all the Bs. I don't know if that will help you or not but it might.






Diane, it is SO exciting that you seem to be taking your instruction to heart... I know you were discouraged for a while.. and probably will be again, but if you keep this up, you are going to be a fiddler "TO BE RECKONED WITH."  laugh

sbhikes2 - Posted - 09/08/2020:  17:35:50


quote:

Originally posted by TuneWeaver

quote:

Originally posted by sbhikes2

I've been taking lessons and my teacher had me get Scales for Young Violinists. It's difficult to read, in my opinion, but she shows me what to do. There was one arpeggio she had me do and she tried to use it to show tricks for how to have good intonation. For one thing, sometimes fingers will have a relative position side-by-side, so keep your fingers down and make sure they are the same amount close together both times, and another thing she said to do was to play all the G notes (in a G arpeggio) loud and the others quiet and make sure they all sound the same, not different. Then do the same with all the Bs. I don't know if that will help you or not but it might.






Diane, it is SO exciting that you seem to be taking your instruction to heart... I know you were discouraged for a while.. and probably will be again, but if you keep this up, you are going to be a fiddler "TO BE RECKONED WITH."  laugh






I believe that there are things about VIOLIN instruction that are important for fiddling. The one I know of are:




  1. Intonation

  2. String crossings

  3. Good rhythm/timing

  4. Holding and using the bow

  5. Playing out of first position



There's probably more than that but being essentially un-instructed, I don't know what they are yet. With anything, it is easier to break rules you understand (bow hold?) than it is to do them wrong and then try to justify your rule-breaking even after your rule-breaking fails to serve you well. (That's me.)

chas5131 - Posted - 01/16/2021:  18:59:06


Thank you.
Will look for scales and arpeggios on Youtube.
If that does not work well, I will order the book.

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